RSVP Northern-Virginia Newsletter
February 2018
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RSVP will be partnering with Meals on Wheels Arlington for a few dates in February where more volunteers are needed to deliver meals. An ongoing commitment is not required. If you are interested in helping out, please sign up here.
 
When: February 5, February 19, February 22, February 23 from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where: First Presbyterian Church, 601 N. Vermont Street, Arlington, VA 22203 

Valentine's Meet & Greet

Join us for a volunteer meet and greet on Valentine's Day! We will gather at Overture for a conversation around volunteerism, take a tour of the facility, and make valentines for veterans at Vinson Hall. Please feel free to invite a friend! Refreshments will be provided.  Click here to sign up!


Junior Achievement Finance Park

Junior Achievement, an organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy, needs more volunteers for a few dates in February at Finance Park.  The total time commitment is 5 hours, including a 1-hour training the morning of your scheduled volunteer day.  You will use your training knowledge to guide students through different phases of the day that simulate real-world budgeting decisions, spending research, and bill payment.  As you guide students through the digital simulation, you'll share your own life experiences and help them walk a day in your shoes. You bring the program to life.  No financial experience necessary!  Contact RSVP Volunteer Specialist, Carly Hubicki, at chubicki@volunteerfairfax.org or 703-403-5360 to sign up!
When: Monday, February 5 from 8:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
             Tuesday, February 6 from 8:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
               Thursday, February 8 from 8:20 a.m. - 1:20 p.m.
              Monday, February 12 from 8:20 a.m. - 1:20 p.m.
               Tuesday, February 13 from 8:20 a.m. - 1:20 p.m.
                    Wednesday, February 14 from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
                Thu rsday, February 15 from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
               Tuesday, February 20 from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
                   Wednesday, February 21 from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

            Where: 4099 Pickett Road, Fairfax, VA 22032

Deloitte Community Tax Assistance Day

Deloitte presents its 11th annual Community Tax Assistance Day serving qualified individuals and families. Deloitte volunteers will assist families with 2017 federal and state tax returns for households with a total income of $54,000 or less. Translations services in Spanish,  Korean and Vietnamese will be provided. Additionally, American Sign Language interpreters will be available.  This special event is presented in partnership with the Fairfax County Department of Family  Services and Volunteer Fairfax. 

Appointments are recommended: email  taxday@volunteerfairfax.org  or call 703-246-3896. Clients should bring all pertinent documentation. For a complete list, visit www.volunteerfairfax.org

When: Saturday, February 24 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where:  Fairfax SkillSource Center, 7611 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003

Calling all RSVP volunteers interested in being Engagement Leaders!

RSVP is recruiting for more Engagement Leaders! As an Engagement Leader,  you represent RSVP-Northern Virginia at community events, volunteer fairs, and service projects. Interested? Sign up here for our upcoming Engagement Leader training!  Be sure to c heck out our YouTube channel next Tuesday for a podcast from one of our Engagement Leaders, Lou Coglianese.

When: Tuesday, February 27 from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Where: Thomas Jefferson Library, Meeting Room 1 
     7415 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22042
RSVP Recognition Event

To say t hank you f or another successful service year, RSVP-Northern Virginia would like to invite you to join us at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts!  This event will be filled with fun to celebrate you and your meaningful service. Lunch will be provided. We will also get a behind the scenes tour of the Filene Center. You don't want to miss it,  click here to sign up!

When: Wed nesday, March 7 from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA 22182

Deadline for the 26th Annual Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards has been extended to Thursday, February 8 at 4 p.m.  H ere are important details about the nominating process.  Here  is a quick Podcast on how to submit an outstandin g nomination. All nominees will be honored at the annual awards breakfast on Friday, April 27 at the Waterford at Springfield. RSVP volunteers are also invited to attend the event. This invitation is extended to you as a reward for your work throughout the community! Sign up to reserve your spot today! Deadline is April 6.

50+ Employment Expo

Save the date for the 50+ Employment Expo! Recruiters from dozens of employers, including non-profits,
government, healthcare, retail, technology and more from all over Fairfax County will be there! 

When: Monday, April 30 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: Fair Oaks Marriott, 11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax, VA

RSVP Radio Appearance on 106.7 The Fan!

Last week RSVP had the pleasure of being featured on 106.7 The F an's Sunday morning public affairs show! Stevie Bridgwaters interviewed RSVP Program Manager, Nadia Hoonan, RS VP Volunteer Specialist,  Carly Hubicki, and RSVP Volunteer, Denise (Dee) Mackie-Smith to help spread the word for RSVP-Northern Virginia. Click here to listen to the interview courtesy of Entercom DC! Be sure to check out Stevie's public affairs show every Sunday at 6 a.m. on 106.7 The Fan.


volunteercloseupRSVP Volunteer Close Up
 

Gordon Hay

RSVP-Northern Virginia volunteer Gordon Hay says he was at a loss when he retired, regarding where to find volunteer opportunities.  "I will never forget my first phone call to RSVP in 2012," says Gordon, a Falls Church resident who now volunteers for two of RSVP nonprofit partners, Capital Caring in Arlington and The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, based in Falls Church.

"I just called out of the blue not knowing what response I was going to get, and I spent a half hour on a wonderful conversation with a woman (with RSVP) who gave me all kinds of information on how to volunteer in the community through RSVP," he says.  "I will never forget that call because it got me started in the right direction," he says.

Gordon's lifework followed a path of helping others. He started out working in the child welfare field before moving into a career in healthcare, working for one of the region's largest hospital systems' oncology department.  "For people who have retired, I think it is important for people to feel productive and to give life meaning, to give life purpose and there are so many, many volunteer opportunities out there," he says.

At least one afternoon each week, Gordon volunteers in an administrative role, usually staffing the front desk at Capital Caring's Halquist Center in Arlington.  "At Capital Caring, there are a number of really great volunteer opportunities," Gordon says. "I chose something where there is a really great need, that is to be an administrative help."

The Halquist Center is open 24 hours a day, every day of the week. As a volunteer receptionist,  Gordon is the first person people will see when the enter the hospice center. He says he makes sure everyone walking in the door gets to the right place.  Gordon's kind and  empathetic face is comforting to the family of patients who are dealing with perhaps the most trying periods of their lives. "I know what they are dealing with when they come here," he says, thanks to his 24 years of experience working with cancer patients in a hospital oncology department.

"I came to learn the importance of hospice for patients who are at the end of their lives," he says of his oncology background. "It (Capital Caring) is a wonderful program."  RSVP-Northern Virginia Volunteer Specialist, Carly Hubicki, will be hosting a free orientation at the Halquist Center in Arlington on February 6. To sign up for that event, click here .

Gordon also volunteers with the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, based in Falls Church.  He says his interest in helping people who come to the United States from other countries led him to the Literacy Council, where a great deal of his work is focused on helping immigrants learn English.
                                                                       
Gordon says you do not have to be bilingual to volunteer at the Literacy Council. In a typical week, he assists teachers in a classroom setting and tutors a student one-on-one.  While the Literacy Council is based in Falls Church, it has several locations around Northern Virginia where RSVP volunteers can help. 

Why does Gordon encourage others to volunteer with RSVP? He says he is drawn to the variety of opportunities RSVP offers but also because of the support each individual volunteer receives from the RSVP staff.  "No question," Gordon says, "when you need them, they are there. That's nice to know that I have an organization behind me. I have met the (RSVP) staff. They are competent, they are motivated, their energy, is like I wish I had some of that energy," he adds.

Gordon says volunteering is a continuation of what he has done all of his life: helping people, something he truly enjoys and treasures.  To listen  to a podcast featuring Gordon Hay and his reflections on RSVP, senior volunteerism, Capital Caring and The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, please visit the
RSVP Northern Virginia YouTube page here.

podcastRSVP Podcast

RSVP Northern Virginia is proud to present its very first podcast series! Go to our youtube website to check them out!   The podcasts include information about the program, interviews with volunteer coordinators at our partnering workstations, and interviews with our wonderful volunteers!  Every Tuesday there will be a new RSVP Podcast. Do you have a suggestion for an upcoming podcast? Do you have a question about volunteering that you would like to hear answered during a podcast? Please be sure to email all of your podcast suggestions and questions to RSVP Outreach Assistant, Rob Paine, at rpaine@volunteerfairfax.org .

timesheetsTimesheet Submissions

Please remember to submit your January timesheets!  Tracking volunteer hours is essential to our program; it is the number one way we report our volunteers are active and keeps the program up and running. If you have any questions, please contact Carly Hubicki at rsvp@volunteerfairfax.org or 703-403-5360.

welcomenewvolunteersWelcome New RSVP Volunteers!
Invite a Friend or Group!
William Syring
Susan Whitaker
Roger Whitaker
Ann Gordon
Rose Beauchesne
Michael McLaughlin
Ellen Morgenstern
Sharada Gilkey
Lynda Erinoff
Rod Mackler
Virginia Manczuk
Bill Manczuk
Jane Price
Phyllis Schwartz
Sam Shellenberger
Rod Wesselman
Deidre Sexton
Beverly Sims
James Keegan
Barbara Marchenkov
Eleanor McDougall
Wanda McQueen
Help us grow our volunteer community. Invite friends and neighbors to get involved with RSVP! 



Did you know?
RSVP has added a service component to our orientations. We'd love for you to come to an orientation and share your experience while participating in a selected quick service project. If you are interested in participating outside of the orientations please contact us at  rsvp@volunteerfairfax.org!



Upcoming Orientations:



Know an organization or club that would like an 
on-site orientation? Contact Carly Hubicki at
chubicki@volunteerfairfax.org or
703-403-5360.

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